When Iris offered me this palette, I told her to give it to her other friends, having benefitted from her generosity numerous times. However, she insisted that I keep it and exhorted me to try the smokier shades, pointing specifically to the grey and plum pans.
I’m glad she insisted because Lust (or Désir, as its name is in French) is a fun palette to own, not to mention an affordable one (it costs around US$6), if you can get your hands on it.
Comprising a matte pink-cream, a matte beige with a smattering of shimmer, a matte aubergine, a shimmery – almost-metallic – grey, a matte dark chocolate and a sparkly reddened plum, Lust is a smokey eye palette that is easy to use, thanks to the complementary colours and their fairly smooth texture.
Blending is somewhat easy but as with shadow sets that are made in China (think Sleek), they do not have that refined quality associated with higher-end brands, so the colours can go on a little heavier than intended.
That said, their strength of pigmentation also means that one doesn’t have to struggle to layer on colours, as with some low-quality shadows.
Here is a look I created, using 4 of the 6 shades, over a dark shadow base. It’s very intense, thanks to the depth and strength of the colours; I’m certain I needn’t use a dark base the next time!
Here is another eye look I created using all 6 shades, over Too Faced Shadow Insurance alone as a base. As you can tell, an all-over base is all that’s needed, thanks to their strong pigments. The combination is somewhat complex too; these colours truly work well together.
These lovely shadows, despite their economy of price, can create a multitude of pretty smokey – and neutral – eyes. Special thanks to Iris for this unexpected gift! :)